Myeongbeom Kim uses themes of life and growth in nature to inspire him creating contemporary sculptures of surreal situations.
His work often conveys a state of transition between two strange pairs, like he has stumbled upon bizarre metamorphoses frozen in time. Certain inspiration is often repeated in Kim’s work, like deer, antlers, trees, and balloons. In one installation, a beautiful, still deer is acting as a trunk of a tree, with its antlers turning into tree branches. It’s an impressive sculpture that brings together the animal and its environment.
Kim’s use of balloons is rather different than his typical nature infused environment that he creates. Balloons act in fantastical, irrational ways in the artist’s work. They hold up a three-legged chair, a tree, and even a woman’s hair. Kim’s work revolving around themes of life and nature, organic elements can also be found included with his shiny, latex objects. In an incredible piece of Kim’s, a cloud of bright, red balloons float while a tree trunk and roots miraculously come forth from its cluster. This displacement of nature found in his work creates a dialogue with the viewer, evoking questions of life, death, and nature’s place in our lives.
The artist is original from South Korea, but currently works between the country and Chicago. He has exhibited all over the world and has installed his pieces in a variety of innovative spaces inspiring multiple cultures and awaring us that after all we also came of the wild.